fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: Alex <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 19:36:48 +0800 (CST)
Subject: FROM SANTA ALEXANDRA
I AM MR SANTA ALEXANDRA FROM IVORY COAST THE SON OF MR AND MRS ALEXANDRA AND I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE I NEED YOUR HELP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF A SUM OF MONEY THAT MY DEAD FATHER LEFT FOR ME BEFORE HE DIED.THIS MONEY IS USD 21 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS( $21M USD)AND THE MONEY IS IN A SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN ABIDJAN.
BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION THIS MONEY COULD NOT BE DEPOSITED IN A BANK,HE DECIDE TO KEEP THE MONEY INSIDE A TRUNK BOX AND DEPOSIT IT AS A FAMILY VALUABLE ITEM TO THE SECURITY COMPANY BUT THE SECURITY COMPANY DID NOT KNOW THE CONTENT.
MY DAD WORKED WITH A LEADING OIL COMPANY AND ALSO A POLITICIAN HERE IN IVORY-COAST AND HE DIED IN AUTO ACCIDENT AND NOW I WANT YOU TO STAND AS MY GUIDIAN AND APPOINTED BENEFICIARY AND RECEIVE THE CONSIGNMENT INTO YOUR COUNTRY SINCE I AM ONLY 20 YEARS AND WITHOUT MOTHER OR FATHER.
I WILL OFFER YOU %30 OF THE TOTALL AMOUNT FOR HELPING ME TO RECIEVE THE CONSIGNMENT.
PLEASE I WILL LIKE YOU TO REPLY TO THIS EMAIL SO THAT I WILL TELL YOU ALL THE INFORMATION SO THAT MY CONSIGNMENT WILL BE DELIVER INTO YOUR COUNTRY SO THAT YOU WILL GET ME PAPERS TO TRAVEL TO YOUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATION THERE WHILE YOU HELP ME INVEST MY MONEY UNTIL I FINISH MY EDUCATION.I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY AND I WILL CALL YOU AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU.
THANKS FROM SANTA